attitude

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n attitude a theatrical pose created for effect "the actor struck just the right attitude"
    • n attitude the arrangement of the body and its limbs "he assumed an attitude of surrender"
    • n attitude a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways "he had the attitude that work was fun"
    • n attitude position of aircraft or spacecraft relative to a frame of reference (the horizon or direction of motion)
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Oscar Wilde and his friends came up the with the word "dude." It came from the words "duds" and "attitude."
    • Attitude Fig.: Position as indicating action, feeling, or mood; as, in times of trouble let a nation preserve a firm attitude; one's mental attitude in respect to religion. "The attitude of the country was rapidly changing.""'T is business of a painter in his choice of attitudes posituræ ) to foresee the effect and harmony of the lights and shadows.""Never to keep the body in the same posture half an hour at a time."
    • Attitude The posture or position of a person or an animal, or the manner in which the parts of his body are disposed; position assumed or studied to serve a purpose; as, a threatening attitude; an attitude of entreaty.
    • Attitude (Paint. & ) The posture, action, or disposition of a figure or a statue.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n attitude Posture or position of the body, or the manner in which its parts are disposed; especially, a posture or position as indicating emotion, purpose, etc., or as appropriate to the performance of some act.
    • n attitude Hence Any condition of things or relation of persons viewed as the expression of, or as affecting, feeling, opinion, intentions, etc.
    • n attitude In geology, the particular position or relation which the land bears at any time to the ocean. The geologist's point of view is that the and either has emerged from the oceanic waters or is to be again buried by them, and therefore at any particular time assumes an attitude with relation to the ocean. The term is also applied to the position and structural relations of any bed or mass of rock to others.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Attitude at′ti-tūd posture, or position: gesture: any condition of things or relation of persons viewed as expressing some thought, feeling, &c
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Quotations

  • William John Bennett
    William John Bennett
    “There are no menial jobs, only menial attitudes.”
  • Eric Butterworth
    Eric%20Butterworth
    “Attitudes are the forerunners of conditions.”
  • Zina Garrison
    Zina Garrison
    “A positive attitude can really make dreams come true -- it did for me.”
  • Lou Holtz
    Lou%20Holtz
    “Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.”
  • Elbert Hubbard
    Elbert%20Hubbard
    “We awaken in others the same attitude of mind we hold toward them.”
  • Victor Hugo
    Victor%20Hugo
    “Certain thoughts are prayers. There are moments when, whatever be the attitude of the body, the soul is on its knees.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
It. attitudine, LL. aptitudo, fr. L. aptus, suited, fitted: cf. F. attitude,. Cf. Aptitude
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr. or It. from L. aptitudin-em, aptus, fit.

Usage

In literature:

What was the attitude of Pitt towards these events?
"William Pitt and the Great War" by John Holland Rose
Religion as Belief in a Disposition or Attitude 62 Sect.
"The Approach to Philosophy" by Ralph Barton Perry
The community bow down and worship: that is the attitude of the congregation.
"The Idea of God in Early Religions" by F. B. Jevons
Consequently, no special attitude is called for, other than an acute receptiveness.
"The Armed Forces Officer" by U. S. Department of Defense
There was vengeance in his look, and determination in his attitude.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
His general attitude since she had met him scarcely suggested such, a lack of good taste.
"Masters of the Wheat-Lands" by Harold Bindloss
Clyffurde maintains a detached impersonal attitude both to the Bonapartist and the royalist cause.
"The Bronze Eagle" by Emmuska Orczy, Baroness Orczy
This desire of Tanqueray's for detachment was not so much an attitude as an instinct.
"The Creators" by May Sinclair
On the opening night an incident occurred which showed Frohman's attitude toward new plays.
"Charles Frohman: Manager and Man" by Isaac Frederick Marcosson and Daniel Frohman
They listened in strained attitudes with bated breath.
"The Huntress" by Hulbert Footner
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In poetry:

Amid so lovely shadows and serene places
dwell radiant beings in one calm attitude
immutable in wisdom and in graces…
but the sovereign boredom of beatitude
prevails on all their faces.
"Elysian Landscape" by Clark Ashton Smith
For the great Idea, the idea of perfect and free individuals,
For that idea the bard walks in advance, leader of leaders,
The attitude of him cheers up slaves and horrifies foreign
despots.
"As I Sat Alone" by Walt Whitman
A thought to lift me up to those
Sweet wildflowers of the pensive woods;
The lofty, lowly attitudes
Of bluet and of bramble-rose:
To lift me where my mind may reach
The lessons which their beauties teach.
"Preludes" by Madison Julius Cawein
And we say good-bye to you also,
For you seem never to have discovered
That your relationship is wholly parasitic;
Yet to our feasts you bring neither
Wit, nor good spirits, nor the pleasing attitudes
Of discipleship.
"Amities" by Ezra Pound
He poised himself grotesquely, in an attitude of mirth,
On a damask-covered hassock that was sitting on the hearth;
And at a magic signal of his stubby little thumb,
I saw the fireplace changing to a bright proscenium.
"Das Krist Kindel" by James Whitcomb Riley
Who covets fame should ne'er be over nice,
Some slight distortion pays the market price.
If haply lam'd by some propitious chance,
Instruct in attitude, or teach to dance;
Be still extravagant in deed, or word;
If new, enough, no matter how absurd.
"Eccentricity" by Washington Allston

In news:

Bitterness is ultimately an attitude of extended and intense anger and hostility.
Laughter is proven to de-stress, improve attitude, and increase happiness.
I observe with concern the judgemental and condemning attitudes of those certain members who sit on the School Board at present.
IN its quest to remain hip with America's youth, Levi Strauss & Company is introducing a campaign infused with an unconventional, streetwise attitude for its Silver Tab line of clothing.
Effective selling is just a shift in attitude and perspective.
Normally cats just ignore everyone and walk around with a smug attitude, but not Buddy the cat.
Is it too much to say that the history of 20th-century art can be read through its attitude toward toilets.
In "Mansome," the intrepid, self-revealing documentarian Morgan Spurlock turns his whimsical eye toward contemporary male attitudes about personal grooming.
Dave's whole family seems to share his joyful attitude – including pets.
There is an attitude needed to play cornerback in the NFL.
Updated Saturday, Sep 8, 2012, at 11:11 p.m. Derby teenager keeps attitude positive while recovering from accident.
Those who haven't read it for a while approach it again nervously, as if afraid of what they will learn about their old attitudes or their old selves.
The cockeyed witticism, from a jocular self-interview that the teenage Lorenz Hart published in a high school periodical, shows that his signature attitude toward life was already firmly in place, years before h...
"Mornin' General," my mostly African-American co-workers would say as I'd drag myself through the doors of Bagel World in Queens, New York, at 5:30 am The nickname had nothing to do with any military bearing or bulldog attitude on my part.
When a rage for authenticity meets a passionate fakery meets a workingman's attitude, you get this guy.
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In science:

The spins are interpreted as market participants’ attitude.
A simple model of price formation
Einstein ob jected to the “mysterious action at a distance”, which quantum theory seemed to entail, but Bohr defended “the necessity of a final renunciation of the classical ideal of causality and a radical revision of our attitude towards the problem of physical reality”.
Quantum theory and the role of mind in nature
We took a pragmatic attitude and settled for pseudo random numbers.
An Introduction to Monte Carlo Simulation of Statistical physics Problem
We shall however take a practical attitude, and consider numbers generated by a deterministic algorithm.
Monte Carlo: Basics
This is justified by our every-day experience that it is easier to change a person than his/her attitude.
Why everything gets slower ?
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